Mental Health

Mental Health in Early Childhood

Child Focus has been providing Mental Health in Early Childhood services since the 1990’s and is considered a leader in the state in this area.  Classroom consultation provides early childhood teaching staff with tools necessary for working effectively with young children, focusing specifically on providing social-emotion supports in Head Start classrooms and child care classrooms in Clermont, Brown and Adams counties.  Specialists provide consultation to administrators, teachers, parents or other adults to recommend behavior modification strategies and to provide support or suggestions to better meet student needs.  Individual intervention/prevention services are offered for children who have been identified as being at risk for removal from the center due to severe behavioral difficulties. The Early Childhood Treatment team also offers diagnostic assessments, individual and family therapy, case management, psychological testing, and group therapy services.

Child Focus, Inc. is also a recipient of the Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge Grant.  Through this grant, 2 consultants provide mental health consultation and professional development to early childhood programs in 16 counties in Southern Ohio.

Juvenile Court Mental Health Services

Child Focus Inc. and Clermont County Juvenile Court have a long standing partnership to provide quality mental health services for youth involved in the Juvenile Justice system.  These coordinated efforts are designed to show a reduction in juvenile crime, a reduction in recidivism rates, and a reduction in youth placements.  There are several programs that accept referrals through Juvenile Court Detention and Juvenile Court Probation.

Juvenile Court Intensive Home Based Program (JC-IHB) is a therapeutic program that provides individual and family therapy and case management to youth who are on actively on probation.  This is an intensive program for youth who have mental health concerns as well as chronic family dynamic issues.  On average, services are provided 2-4 hours per week in the home and community.  Parent participation in required as it has been shown that a child’s progress in treatment is directly related to the family’s active involvement in treatment.  Referrals are made through court order and probation officers.

Juvenile Detention Center and Child Focus Inc. have recognized the importance of having mental health services available for youth while serving time in the Detention Center.  Child Focus Inc. provides a therapist to complete assessment and ongoing consultation to youth as well as provide daily prevention groups to work on anger management, problem solving skills, stress and anxiety, and many other areas that are needed by the youth while in detention. 

Strengthening Families Program (SFP) is an evidenced-based program that focuses on enhancing parenting skills, children’s life skills, and strengthening family communication and cohesion.  It is a 14 week program for children and parents to participate in group sessions separately and together.  The overall goal of SFP is to Reduce Risk Factors, Build Protective Factors, and Strengthen Family Resiliency. 

Multidimensional Family Therapy (MDFT) is an evidenced-based, comprehensive, family centered treatment program for adolescents with substance abuse and related behavioral and emotional disorders.  Interventions target known risk and promotive factors and processes in the adolescents and parents, and the family’s interactions with school and juvenile justice.  This program is a very intensive level of service providing 4 hours of service each week for a family.   It is has been developed to provide intensive services for 3-6 months in the home, community, school, and other locations.  Child Focus is currently in the process of creating, training, and implementing a MDFT team.

The Parent Project is an evidenced informed model that works with parents/caregivers of at risk youth.  The 10 week program allows for the families to work on reducing family conflict, improving school attendance and performance, achieving appropriate parental response to disruptive teen behaviors, and increasing levels of support in the community as well as increased family bonding. 



The Genesis School is a public separate school designed to meet the needs of students, kindergarten (K) through grade twelve (12), in special education who have been identified as having behavioral/emotional disabilities.  Students enrolled in the Genesis School are eligible for special education services under the Individuals with Disabilities in Education Improvement Act (IDEA) and have an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) that guides services.

Students at Genesis School receive direct, specialized instruction in social and emotional learning as well as academics in a small group setting.  Each classroom is facilitated by a teacher and at least one paraprofessional. In addition to intense instruction in social and emotional learning and academics, students enrolled in the Genesis School receive mental health support services from Child Focus, Inc.  Mental health services include Therapy and CPST.  Services are provided in a small group and/or individual setting, based on student need.  All mental health supports focus on helping students achieve academic success.  

The Genesis School program is designed to allow students to receive direct instruction in, then practice, the skills needed to participate successfully in their home district programs.  Many of the unstructured components of a typical school program (frequent class changes, unsupervised hallway and restroom breaks) have been removed at the Genesis School in order to keep students safe and allow for immediate student success.

The Genesis School is located on the CEC-South Campus.  For more information, please contact the Genesis school directly.

Referrals: Referrals to the Genesis School must be made through your local school district.


Day Treatment

The Wasserman Youth and Adolescent Center is a day treatment program for youth who are severely emotionally disturbed and cannot be maintained in regular school programming.  The Wasserman Youth and Adolescent Center (WYAC) serves children and adolescents ages 6-18.  It currently has two programs, Day Treatment (DT) and TranQuest (TQ).

The programs operate year round, five days per week.  During the academic year, program hours are 8:00 AM - 1:30 PM Monday through Friday, with two evenings per month designated for Parent Group.  During the summer program, the program hours are 8:30 AM- 12:30 PM Monday through Friday.  WYAC is staffed 7:30 AM - 4:30 PM year round.

The DT treatment program is designed to help children with significant mental health needs to succeed and thrive in a structured setting. This program provides 80% mental health treatment (15 hours per week) and 20% academic instruction (5 hours per week). Children and adolescents in the DT program are not able to be maintained in a public school setting due to the severity of their mental health symptoms. Youth in this program learn and use coping strategies to manage their mood and behavior in ways that will help them achieve their goals and move to a less intensive treatment setting. The DT program emphasizes the importance of active participation by parents and guardians in treatment.  Therapeutic groups are an integral part of the treatment program.  Group activities focus on enhancing social and emotional development. Groups provide the opportunity to work on coping skills, problem solving skills, behavioral self-control, anger management skills, relaxation and stress reduction techniques, communication and social skills.

The TQ program is designed to help children with mental health needs be successful and thrive in a structured setting. Children and adolescents in the TQ program are not able to be maintained in a public school setting due to the severity of their mental health symptoms; however, youth in this program function higher than those in the DT program and can handle a heavier academic workload.  This program provides 50% (2 ½ hours per day) of mental health treatment and 50% (2 ½ hours per day) of academic instruction.  As in the DT program, the TQ program utilizes therapeutic groups as the main mode of treatment. The treatment groups in this program also provide the opportunity to work on developing coping skills, problem solving skills, behavioral self-control, anger management skills, communication and social skills.

Referrals: Referrals must be made by the child’s local school district.  To make a referral, call (513) 732-8800. 

Payment: Medicaid, Private Insurance, Self-Pay, CFI has a sliding fee scale based upon income.

Last Chance Driving Program

Last Chance Driving Program is provided in collaboration with the Clermont County Sheriff’s Office and Juvenile Court. This program targets teenage drivers who have received tickets for reckless driving, speeding or moving violations. The Sheriff’s Office provides driving education, while Child Focus staff facilitates a group service to the teenage drivers and their parents/caregivers with the objective to open communications about topics to include making better choices, self-regulation skills, parent discipline, limit setting, negotiating and communications skill building.

Contact Captain Jeffrey Sellars at 513-732-7089 for more information.

Clermont County Crisis Response Team

The Clermont County Crisis Response Team (CCCRT) provides support to local schools, businesses and communities in crisis. The team is co-led by Child Focus, Inc. and the Clermont County Educational Service Center.  The CCCRT boasts over 80 volunteer grief counselors from several social service and educational agencies in Clermont County. Since its inception in 1994, the CRT has responded to more than 150 calls for crisis intervention due to severe injury and death, murder, suicide and natural disasters. 

In order to request the team’s services, please call 513.752.1555.

Early Childhood Day Treatment

Child Focus, Inc. is pleased to offer an innovative, therapeutic preschool program for young children ages 3-5. The ECDT program focuses on serving pre-school children with significant mental health needs. Our program works to meet the needs of children who have trauma histories, have been expelled from previous pre-school/day care settings, or have severe behavioral outbursts. Our low ratios and trained mental health staff will provide therapeutic support to children, in order to provide them with a social-emotional foundation needed to succeed in academic settings. 

Hours of Operation:

  • Our program will be staffed from 7:30-4:30pm Monday-Friday.

  • One session is offered:

    • 9:00-12:30am

Staff to Child Ratios:

  • Low staff to child ratios will ensure that each child gets the support they need.

  • 2 Qualified Mental Health Specialists will run the classroom; 8 children will be enrolled per session.

Therapeutic Framework & Supports:

  • The ECDT staff will utilize the Incredible Years Curriculum as a framework in the classroom.

  • Each child participating in the ECDT program will receive individual/family therapy services, case management, and psychiatric services (if needed).

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